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National news: John Wilkes Booth in-law dies

Agnes Booth Schoeffel, 63, the former actress and wife of John B. Schoeffel, the Boston theatrical manager, died at her home in Brookline, Mass.

In 1867 Agnes Rookes married Junius Brutus Booth Jr., eldest son of Junius Brutus Booth and father of Edwin Booth. He died in 1883 and she later married Mr. Schoeffel. She was a successful actress and starred in many roles on Broadway.

(Note...Out of respect for this great lady her obituary did not mention that she was the step-mother of John Wilkes Booth, who in 1865 assassinated President Abraham Lincoln at Ford's Theatre. Edwin Booth, like his father, is considered to be one of the greatest Shakespearian actors of all time.)

Readers are welcome to contact Adirondack Journal correspondent Jean Hadden at jhadden1@nycap.rr.com or 623-2210

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